Preview - Montpellier vs Marseille 05 November 18

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Match Day 12
Montpellier vs. Marseille
Monday, November 5th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Montpellier: 
Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 0.64
Top Scorer: Andy Delort (5)

Marseille:
Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (7)

The best game looks to be saved until last on Match Day 12 in Ligue 1 as third placed Montpellier play host to fifth placed Marseille with just three points between the sides.

There was nothing to split these two last season, with this game finishing up 1-1 and the sides playing out a goalless draw at the VĂ©lodrome.

Keagan Dolly and Pedro Mendes are expected to miss out for the hosts, with Rolando being the only injury concern for Marseille.

Montpellier are certainly ticking along very nicely at present. Following a disappointing opening day defeat at home to Dijon, they are now unbeaten in ten in Ligue 1. They have won their last three on home soil without conceding a goal.

Marseille can be one of the most entertaining sides to watch in the division when on song. That free flowing, goal-laden football seems to have dried up just a little of late though. They are nevertheless still averaging a more than respectable two goals per game and gave PSG a good game last weekend, only succumbing in the second half following the introduction of Kylian Mbappé who it seems no one can stop at present.

Marseille are a very likeable side from an attacking standpoint, but Montpellier hold the clear edge when it comes to their defence. That advantage together with home advantage can see them nick this.



Prediction: Montpellier 2 - 1 Marseille


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  15 - 8
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 51% - 49%

Three bookings in this one, all for the away side, with referee Antony Gaultier taking the names of Florian Thauvin, Morgan Sanson and Luiz Gustavo.

Marseille have been a little more hit than miss in recent weeks and carried on that trend here as they were swept aside in the second half by this smart Montpellier outfit.

There were chances for both sides in what was a fairly even first half. Florent Mollet forcing a good save from Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda and Dmitir Payet hitting a volley into the ground and over the bar when usually he would have done much better.

Whatever Michel Der Zakarian said to his troops in the interval certainly worked the oracle as Montpellier were dominant after the break.

The opening goal came in the 51st minute. Nice interplay down the right-hand side ending with Ruben Aguilar sending a well placed cross into the area. Gaetan Laborde having all the time in the world to pick his spot and head into the bottom left corner from around six yards.

The home side doubled their advantage eleven minutes later. Terrible defending from Marseille who lost the ball not once but three times in and around their own area in the build-up. Laborde eventually cutting into the right-hand side of the area and finishing really well into the bottom left corner.

Then in the 70th minute, the destination of the points was assured. Florent Mollet laying the ball into the path of Paul Lasne breaking into the area. One touch to control and one to finish into the bottom left from around 14 yards. 3-0 final score.

This is a fine run of form Montpellier are in at present and it has now carried them up to second place in the standings. Marseille continue to struggle for any kind of consistency and drop down to sixth.




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